Establishing Roots at Beal School

A message from Principal Girardi & Assistant Principal Hoey

Picture of the week- Peter Reynolds teaching art'ish'

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Author, Illustrator, and designer of the Beal Mural Peter H. Reynolds joined us for our Dedication Ceremony on Friday. During his visits to our neighborhoods, Peter picked up a dry erase marker and gave an impromptu art'ish' lesson to our Grade 2 students. Lots of 'wows' and 'wohs'!

(watch the entire video on Twitter @SPS_Beal!)

September 27, 2021

Dear Beal Families,

This past Friday was a delightful day at Beal School as we were joined by dignitaries and special guests to celebrate the formal Dedication of Major Howard W. Beal School. Our students did a wonderful job and we are so thankful for our guests who made this event so memorable.

We have our September PTO Meeting tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM in the Beal Media Center. Please join us in person or by Zoom (meeting link below.)

Also, please keep an eye on the calendar as next Tuesday, October 5th is an early release day across the district. Beal will begin dismissal at 12:15 PM. For students riding the school bus, you should shift the time your child gets off the bus to 3 hours earlier, and please allow for some different mid-day traffic patterns.


Chris Girardi and Shelley Hoey

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School Picture Re-Take Day

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Thank you to all of our students for smiling for the camera this past Tuesday for our Picture Day. If your child was absent or if you prefer to have the picture taken again after you receive your proofs, there will be a picture retake on Tuesday, October 12th.

***Arrival and Dismissal Routines***

We have created this link for you to access all information related to Beal's arrival and dismissal routines.

Beal Arrival and Dismissal Routines

Information from the Beal PTO

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Let's build the Parent Teacher Organization for our new school!

The “former” Beal Early Childhood Center PTO has evolved into the “new” Beal PTO and we want YOU to help to build Beal’s new community, traditions and awesome memories. Parents and caregivers are invited to create and decide on ways to provide enrichment opportunities as well as support for staff and students by attending monthly PTO meetings this year.

Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday Sept 28th at 6:30 pm for. This meeting can be attended in person and through Zoom (link below.) Babysitting will be available- outdoors if weather permits.

Beal PTO Meeting Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 868 8192 3873

Passcode: 138245

Food Services

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Snack during the school day

Please send your students in with a water bottle and snack each day. Students will break for a snack in the morning or afternoon depending on their lunch schedule. Please note that the school does not offer a snack program.

September School Lunch Menu

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Information from our School Nurse Department

Seeking Parent Representatives for the Shrewsbury Wellness Advisory Committee

Applications are now being accepted for parent representatives to the Shrewsbury Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC). This district-wide committee meets at SHS approximately 5 times per year (dates/times below) to discuss current health issues affecting the Shrewsbury Public Schools community, and sets health related goals in conjunction with District Strategic Priorities. The committee is made up of the Superintendent, Department Directors, teachers, parents, and leaders of community-based organizations. Honest, constructive input from parents is a vital part of this committee!

We are seeking 3-4 parent/guardian volunteers with students in various grade levels across the district. To apply, please submit a brief statement outlining the reason(s) for your interest in this committee and how you believe you will be able to contribute to our meetings. Applications are due by Friday, October 1, and should be submitted via email to Noelle Freeman, the Director of School Nursing at .

The committee will meet on the following Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:00pm at Shrewsbury High School. Attendance at meetings is important, so please be sure to check your calendar for availability before committing to participation on the committee. For the most part, the work of the committee takes place at meetings with minimal need for work outside of meetings.

2021-22 meeting dates: October 10, December 2, January 20, March 10, April 28. All meetings will be held from 2:30 – 4pm at Shrewsbury High School.


COVID-19 Testing Update

Shrewsbury Public Schools is partnering with the state COVID Testing Program to provide voluntary weekly COVID-19 testing and the Test and Stay option for close contacts at school. More details about these programs can be found on the SPS website here. Testing is voluntary and all staff and students are encouraged to participate. The required consent form can be found here.

The Test and Stay option is now available for individuals identified as close contacts to positive cases at school. More information will be provided by school nurses if your child is identified as a close contact at school and qualifies for Test and Stay. Close contacts to positive cases outside of school are not eligible to participate in Test and Stay and must quarantine per Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.

The start date for Routine COVID Safety Check testing for students will be Tuesday September 28th (test kits will be sent home on Monday September 27th) and will continue weekly. More information regarding test distribution and collection will be provided prior to that time.


Reminder Regarding Masks

Please be sure that your child arrives at school each day wearing a well-fitting mask, and please send a replacement mask in their backpack for use when their mask is damaged or soiled. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

School Social Media- Please follow us!

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Follow Beal School on Facebook!!!

Beal School has out new Facebook page up and running with information about the upcoming school year. If Facebook is you choice for viewing your media, this might be the place for you:

Beal School Facebook page

Our wonderful PTO also has a Feacbook page geared towards supporting families and community. Please find their information here:

Beal school PTO Facebook page

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Shrewsbury Public Schools Calendar 2021-2022

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Important dates for your fall calendar

Tuesday, October 5th- Early Release Day for Staff Professional Development- 12:15 release time

Monday, October 11th- No School- Columbus Day/ Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, November 2nd- Parent Conferences- No School for students

Thursday, November 11th- Veterans Day- No School

Wednesday, November 24th-Friday, November 26th- Thanksgiving Vacation

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